4416.000 Tragia L.

Description of the genus

Erect or scrambling or twining, monoecious (rarely dioecious) perennial herbs or shrubs, with stinging hairs. Leaves alternate, stipulate, often cordate. Flowers in racemes, usually mostly male with 1-2 females at the base. Bracts conspicuous, persistent. Petals 0. Male flowers with 3 sepals and 3 stamens. Female flowers with 3 or 6 pinnate or palmate sepals, becoming enlarged in fruit. Ovary 3-locular.

Worldwide: 100 species in tropical and warm areas

Botswana: 4 taxa.

The larvae of the following species of insect eat species of this genus:
Byblia ilithyia (Spotted joker)
Tragia okanyua

Links to taxa:     View: living plant images - herbarium specimen images - all images for this genus

SpeciesFZ divisionsContent
benthamii BakerSW
dioica Sond.N,SW,SE
gardneri PrainNDescription, Image
okanyua PaxN,SEDescription, Image

Other sources of information about Tragia:

Our websites:

Flora of Caprivi: Tragia
Flora of Malawi: Tragia
Flora of Mozambique: Tragia
Flora of Zambia: Tragia
Flora of Zimbabwe: Tragia

External websites:

ePIC (electronic Plant Information Center): Tragia
Flora Zambesiaca web site: Tragia
Google: Web - Images - Scholar
GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network) taxonomy for plants report for Tragia
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Tragia
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Tragia

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2014-18

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2018). Flora of Botswana: Genus page: Tragia.
https://www.botswanaflora.com/speciesdata/genus.php?genus_id=858, retrieved 20 July 2018

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